– Städel Museum, Frankfurt
Performance of Adrian Williams in the Städel Garten
Curator: Martin Engler
Curatorial assistance: Viktoria Draganova
In the spring of 2013, the Städel launched its new presentation of sculpture in the Städel Garden with the performance Watering Hole (2013) by the contemporary artist Adrian Williams (b. 1979). The work, which was approximately forty-five minutes in length and was presented on altogether five different days, combined text, music and sound objects. It also comprised a choreographic element performed by a large number of musicians and singers spread out around the garden. For Williams, the composer Theodor Köhler and the participating artists, improvisation was an important aspect of this space-oriented music and sound collage. Carried out with members of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the Kinderchor Frankfurt in cooperation with the Hessischer Rundfunk broadcasting company and with support from the city of Frankfurt am Main, the performance formed the prelude to the “In the Städel Garden” series in which the museum grounds provide a setting for regularly changing art presentations.